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Method for Throughput Maximization of Multiclass Networks with Flexible Servers


  • Naumov, Valeriy
  • Martikainen, Olli


In this paper, we study the throughput of multiclass networks featuring several types of flexible servers as well as general constraints both on the number of servers having the same skills and on the number of servers allowed at each station. Each job class is characterized by its processing station, and each station is characterized by the amount of work assigned to that station upon job arrival. Servers may have different skills and efficiencies. We propose a simple method calculating an upper bound for the maximum network throughput achievable with static server allocation.

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  • Naumov, Valeriy & Martikainen, Olli, 2011. "Method for Throughput Maximization of Multiclass Networks with Flexible Servers," Discussion Papers 1261, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy.
  • Handle: RePEc:rif:dpaper:1261

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    1. Down, Douglas G. & Karakostas, George, 2008. "Maximizing throughput in queueing networks with limited flexibility," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 187(1), pages 98-112, May.
    2. Sigrún Andradóttir & Hayriye Ayhan & Douglas G. Down, 2003. "Dynamic Server Allocation for Queueing Networks with Flexible Servers," Operations Research, INFORMS, vol. 51(6), pages 952-968, December.
    3. Suri Gurumurthi & Saif Benjaafar, 2004. "Modeling and analysis of flexible queueing systems," Naval Research Logistics (NRL), John Wiley & Sons, vol. 51(5), pages 755-782, August.
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    1. Naumov, Valeriy & Martikainen, Olli, 2011. "Optimal Resource Allocation in Multiclass Networks," Discussion Papers 1262, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy.
    2. Kauhanen, Antti & Kulvik, Martti & Kulvik, Silja & Maijanen, Sirpa & Martikainen, Olli & Ranta, Paula, 2013. "Resource allocation in health care processes: A case study," ETLA Working Papers 10, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy.


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